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Dota 2 feels the Balance of Power in new update

By Ozzie Mejia, Dec 15, 2015 4:02pm PST

The latest update for Dota 2 is a big one, introducing a number of features promised during The International and adding some new terrain.


Watch the 3rd day of the Dota 2 International 5 Main Event here

By Ozzie Mejia, Aug 05, 2015 8:00am PDT

The third day of the Dota 2 International 5 Main Event is about to commence, with one of the big storylines being whether Complexity and Team Secret can bounce back from their brutal losses to get any sort of momentum going. Be sure to watch along with us here at Shacknews a...


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PSA: Dota 2: The International tickets go on sale tomorrow

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 26, 2015 2:20pm PDT

If you're looking to attend The International this year, you'll want to act fast. Tickets for the annual Dota 2 championships are going on sale tomorrow.


"Valve's FAQ says there is no VIP seating or anything, so it's all general admission."

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Dota 2 'Rekindling Soul' update shakes up some maps

By Ozzie Mejia, Sep 23, 2014 4:25pm PDT

Valve is literally shaking the foundation of Dota 2 with a new update that shifts map terrain, while also adding a new rune and a slew of Hero balance tweaks.


Dota 2 International Championships will be broadcast on ESPN networks

By Ozzie Mejia, Jul 17, 2014 12:25pm PDT

The Dota 2 International Championships are hitting The Worldwide Leader of (e)Sports


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Dota 2: The International's fourth year begins July 18

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 01, 2014 11:30am PDT

Dota 2: The International will return for its fourth year and will run from July 18-21 at the Key Arena in Seattle, WA.


Dota 2: The International returns for a third year

By Andrew Yoon, Apr 25, 2013 4:30pm PDT

"The International" is returning yet another year. Valve's annual Dota 2 tournament will be held in Seattle on August 7th, a few weeks before PAX...


"Yep, had an all-around good time. It's a very intimate venue for something like this, so it has ..."

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Join Dota 2 with Early Access Bundle

By John Keefer, May 31, 2012 9:10pm PDT

Valve announced today that Dota 2 will be free to play at launch and opened an in-game store so current players can start customizing their characters.


Blizzard DOTA renamed to Blizzard All-Stars, as per new agreement with Valve

By Andrew Yoon, May 11, 2012 2:30pm PDT

"In accordance with the agreement, Valve will continue to use DOTA commercially, including DOTA 2, while Blizzard will preserve noncommercial use of DOTA for its community."


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Blizzard files opposition to Valve's Dota trademark

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 10, 2012 5:45pm PST

Blizzard has filed an official dispute with the USPTO over Valve trademarking "DOTA" for Dota 2, claiming people will think it's connected with Blizzard, and that Valve's trying to steal goodwill it built up. Valve, naturally, denies this.


"READ THE ARTICLE people! This is not Blizzard asserting ownership over the trademark, it's them ..."

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Blizzard reworking StarCraft 2 DotA mod; dodging 'DotA' name

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 22, 2011 2:00pm PDT

Blizzard's going back to the drawing back on its DotA-inspired StarCraft 2 mod Blizzard All-Stars, hoping to reach the accessible core it believes is in the notoriously intimidating genre. Just don't ask about the "DotA" name.


"Why not release DotA 2K11! And then next year DotA 2K12 with less players and worse controls!"

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Dota 2 tournament $1 million finals won by Na'vi

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 22, 2011 9:00am PDT

Ukrainian team Na'vi lifted the novelty over-sized check for $1 million at the final of Valve's Dota 2 tournament on Sunday. Valve plans hold a similar event annually with "the best in the world" of Dota 2.


"Too bad they are just going to spend it on Yoohoo and POKEMANS"

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Dota 2 launch expected next year, beta soon

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 18, 2011 9:00am PDT

Gabe Newell doesn't think Dota 2 will launch this year, and the payment model is still undecided. There's good news, though: Valve expects to begin stress testing "a few weeks" after Gamescom.


""Valve still hasn't decided whether it'll be a regular paid game or free-to-play, like Team ..."

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Dota 2 trailer emerges from Gamescom

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 15, 2011 3:30pm PDT

Can't make it to Germany to partake in the festivities? You can, at the very least, watch this debut CG trailer for Valve's Dota 2.


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